Lions Lose in Season Opener Yet Remain Optimistic

COLUMBUS LOOKS TO WORK ON TURNOVERS

The Columbus Lions have started the 2017 season off with a loss but aren’t too worried.

On Friday night, the Jacksonville Sharks came to town and handed the Lions a 56-41 loss. The Lions, who were down by 20 at the half, don’t look at this loss as a bad thing.

“I gotta tell you I’m not really disappointed,” head coach Jason Gibson said. “I thought we played well.”

That’s because the Lions had five turnovers alone in the first half of the game. If the Lions took better care of the ball, they believe the scoreboard would’ve been much different.

“I thought we had a couple stops, we had a big fourth down stop, we held them to two field goals. If you do that in arena football, you gotta win,” Gibson said. “We just got issues on offense and we turned the ball over I think five straight times we turned the ball over and that put us in too big of a hole we couldn’t climb out.”

Starting quarterback Mason Espinosa struggled in his debut. He fumbled the ball early on and threw three interceptions throughout the first and second quarters.

Former Central High star, Darren Daniel, came in near the end of the second quarter and led the Lions on a touchdown drive before the half. He started the second half and made one error- throwing an interception on a 2-point conversion. Despite the loss, Daniel agrees with Coach Gibson and says there’s no reason to hang their heads.

“Even with the five turnovers, we finished the game with six, but we still lost by what two touchdowns and a field goal? The turnovers hurt us today,” Daniel said.

The Lions will hit the road next Sunday, March 26th when they play Corpus Christi. They’ll return home to the Columbus Civic Center in April.

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